Juliet Otieno of Pangani Girls High School in Nairobi is the top candidate for 2018 KCSE exams, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed declared on Friday.
Otieno scored an A plain of 87.644 points to emerge the top student out of the 660,204 candidates who sat the exam.
Her win also saw Pangani produce the best student for two years in a row.
She was followed by James Kaluna of Maseno School while Edwin Ouko of Light Academy emerged third in the exam which saw more candidates score A (plain) compared to 2017.
Amina said this during the unveiling of the KCSE results at Kenya National Examination Council headquarters in Nairobi.
"This year we have 315 candidates who have score A plain compared to last year's 142. For those who have scored the minimum University entry grade of C+ (plus) we have 90, 377 which is 13.33 per cent higher compared to last year's 70,073."
Amina said Josephat Mwangi Kamau of Mioro secondary school was the most improved candidate.
She said though Mwangi scored 278 marks in his KCPE exams, he managed to attain an A- (minus) of 79.4 points.
Here is a list of top 20 candidates and their schools.
- Juliet Otieno - Pangani
- Kaluna James - Maseno School
- Edwin Otieno - Light Academy
- Kamweru Mwangi - Moi High School, Kabarak.
- Humphrey Rasugu - Maseno School
- Mel Christine - Alliance High School
- Njenga Brian - Mangu High School
- Osogo Munyenye - Alliance High
- Nyakea Moraa - Moi Girls Nairobi
- Roy Onyando - Maranda High School
- Mathenge Stephani - Moi High School Kabarak
- Njoroge Antony - Mangu High School
- Whitney Mabwi - Kapsabet High
- Ayodi Alfred - Moi High School Kabarak
- Angela Cheroitich - Pressures Blood Riruta
- Dushime Omunga - Nakuru High
- Matsotso Madline Auma - Moi Girls' Kabarak
- Nyabuto Stephen - Alliance High
- Joshua Ochieng - Maseno School
- Gitau Mark - Light Academy.
said that overall, though boys had performed well in some 20 subjects, girls were leading in English, Swahili, CRE, Home Science, Arts and Design, and Metal works.
She said the fact that the government mounted a countrywide dialogue on how to improve the quality of education played a key role in the results released.